Server TODO

I’m planning on building a new fileserver in the future to replace my ReadyNAS NV+, just adding bits of shopping lists and links here for reference.

  • Norco RPC-4020 4U case ($319) [Newegg]
  • Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ($175) [NCIX]
  • 2x Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 SATA cards ($122 ea) [NCIX] (16 6Gbps SATA3 ports plus 4 on the motherboard to fill the case, OS drive on 3Gbps port)
  • Intel Core i5 2500 ($236) [NCIX]
  • 2x G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL ($44 ea, 16GB total) [NCIX]

  • Needed cables for the SATA cards?

  • CPU heatsink
  • PSU – find out how much is needed for a full system
  • Populate with 2-3TB drives once prices go back to normal for the RAID, add a smaller fast drive for the OS (WD Raptor or SSD/SSD Hybrid)
  • Use four separate 5-drive RAID5 arrays (~8TB for each one)
  • Possibly a separate NIC if the onboard one doesn’t perform well enough
  • UPS (finally)

Total: ~$1062 + other parts + tax + shipping

Plan is to go with Linux, probably Debian, using software RAID and XFS.

2012-06-18: Plan update: Build a system combining fileserver/htpc duties, running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, RAID5, ext4

RAID notes for myself:

  1. Fileserver plans | chrisgushue.ca - pingback on December 8, 2011 at 3:45 am
  2. Looks like a great plan.

    My only rec would be to avoid the SSD/Hybrid drives if you’re thinking of a Seagate Hybrid XT.

    Mine lasted less than 3 months.

  3. After reading a bit more on the drives, I’d be more likely to go with something like a Crucial M4 SSD anyway. I should also get one of those for my main gaming system :)

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